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New Dean to Lead Faculty of Education and International Studies

OsloMet’s board announced that Sarah J. Paulson has accepted the position of Dean of the Faculty of Education and International Studies (LUI).

Kjersti Thoresen Published: Updated:
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Paulson currently serves as Dean of the Faculty of Education and Arts at Nord University, a position she has held since January 2017. Paulson has extensive experience from the Norwegian higher education sector. From 1994 until 2017, she held positions as full and associate professor of Nordic literature at NTNU, in addition to serving as Head of Department at the same institution.

“As dean, I look forward to contributing to the development of OsloMet’s education programs in an international setting,” Paulson said, “while working to raise the visibility and status of the educational profession.

OsloMet’s newest dean is excited to join the ranks of Norway’s newest university at the helm of a faculty whose academic profile corresponds closely with her own academic interests. “The fact that my future colleagues have trained their sights on being Norway’s leading faculty of education is tremendously exciting. OsloMet, for its part, aspires to be a leader in research and education related to the professions, and a provider of life-long learning. These are goals I am committed to helping us achieve, and played a significant role in my decision to apply.”

A Strong Candidate

President Curt Rice and the hiring committee have had no shortage of qualified candidates—both internal and external—from which to choose. Notwithstanding the strong applicant pool, the OsloMet board was unanimous in its decision to offer the position to Paulson as the applicant best poised to lead the faculty as it seeks to position itself as the home of Norway’s leading teacher education program.

“I could not be more pleased that Sarah J. Paulson will be joining us as the next Dean of the Faculty of Education and International Studies,” President Rice sais. “Between her management experience, academic background and strong track record of achieving results, Paulson is the right woman to lead the faculty during the time ahead.”

“I must say that it is extra gratifying that our next Dean is a professor, a woman and a non-native Norwegian. OsloMet places a high premium on superior academic credentials, gender balance at the highest levels of our university, and on ensuring that international perspectives are represented where decisions are made.”

Paulson, for her part, is excited to be joining a vibrant community of researchers and educators at her new faculty. “I look forward to meeting my new colleagues,” Paulson told us, “and engaging them in the important work of advancing our faculty.”

Paulson’s academic field is Scandinavian Studies, and she holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the United States. She has also completed coursework in management studies at NTNU.

The faculty welcomes its new dean on August 1, 2018. Outgoing Dean Knut Patrick Hanevik has submitted his retirement, and continues in his current role until that time.